Kavita Ramanan

Kavita Ramanan




Roland George Dwight Richardson University Professor of Applied Mathematics
Associate Chair, Division of Applied Mathematics
Room 317, 182 George Street
Phone: +1 401 863 3416 
[email protected]

Ph.D., Brown University, 1998

Research Interests 

Professor Ramanan works on probability theory, stochastic processes and their applications. She is an interdisciplinary researcher who has developed novel mathematical frameworks for the analysis of stochastic networks, Markov random fields and interacting particle systems,which arise as models in a variety of fields ranging from operations research and engineering to statistical physics and neuroscience.   Her work combines tools from several fields including discrete probability, stochastic analysis and partial differential equations.  She has also made fundamental contributions to the study of reflected processed, large deviations theory,  high-dimensional probability and links with asymptotic convex geometry.  She also has four patents to her name. She  was awarded the Erlang prize in 2006 for "outstanding contributions to applied probability" by the INFORMS Applied Probability Society. She was a recipient of a Simons Fellowship in 2018 and Guggenheim Fellowship in 2020. 

Honors and Awards 

  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 2020
  • Elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2020
  • Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences,2019                                                                                                      
  • Simons Fellowship, 2018
  • Elected Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research Management Sciences, 2018                         
  • Elected Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2018     
  • Medallion from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2015                        
  • Elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2013
  • Erlang Prize, Applied Probability Society, Applied Probability Society of INFORMS, 2006
  • Stella Dafermos Award for Academic Achievement, Brown University, 1996
  • Simon Ostrach Fellowship, Brown University,  1995–1996
  • President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Honorable Mention) Brown University, 1995
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Brown University, Providence, RI 1992–1993
  • R.D. Sethna Scholar, R.D. Sethna Trust, Mumbai, India 1992

Professional Positions and Service

  • Deputy Director,  Institute of Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics -- ICERM (2020)
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board, ICERM (2017-2020)
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board, Oxford-Imperial Doctoral training center (2019--2024)
  • Elected Member of the Executive Committee, Associate for Women in Mathematics (2018-2022)
  • Member of the Scientific Council of SMAI (French Society for Applied Math) (2014--present)
  • Elected Member of the Council of the Institute for Mathematical Statistics (2015--2018)
  • Elected Member of the Nominating Committee of the American Mathematical Society Nominating Committee (2015-2017)
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Brown University (2011-2014)
  • Associate Chair, Brown University (2017-2018)

Editorial Activities

Area Editor, Mathematics of Operations Research (2016-2020) 
Associate Editor, American Mathematical Society Student Mathematical Library series (2020–present)
Associate Editor, Annals of Probability (2006--2012)
Associate Editor, Annals of Applied Probability (2009-2017)
Associate Editor, Applied Mathematics and Optimization (2019-present) 
Associate Editor, Mathematics of Operations Research (2007--present)
Associate Editor, Queueing Systems (2008-2020) 
Associate Editor, SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics (2018-present)             
Associate Editor, Stochastic Models (2019-present)                          
Associate Editor, Stochastic Analysis and Applications (2002--2010)
Guest Editor, Special Issue of Queueing Systems on "Stochastic Networks", 2010
Corresponding Editor, Bhavana Mathematics Magazine. (2020--present)


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  
Bernoulli Society
Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS)
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM)
Applied Probability Society (APS)
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)


Faculty Research Profile